GDPR and Accessibility statement

ORSI privacy notice for data subjects


This privacy notice concerns the ORSI project website, maintained by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. This statement provides the information for data subjects referred to in the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 679/2016.

The ORSI project regularly publishes press releases, newsletters and blogs for its stakeholders as part of its customer service. Additionally, SYKE provides topical communication services together with other parties.

SYKE’s stakeholders comprise a broad range of actors in society from citizens and partners to the highest level of central government policy-makers. The communication materials also provide many of our international partners with information about the SYKE’s activities and results.

Purposes of and legal basis for personal data processing

The purpose of processing personal data is to transfer the aforementioned communication products to subscribers, as processing the data is a precondition for delivering these products.

For the newsletters and blogs, the legal basis for processing personal data is consent referred to in Article 6 (1 a) of the General Data Protection Regulation.

For press releases, the legal basis for processing personal data is compliance with the controller’s legal obligation referred to in Article 6 (1 c) of the General Data Protection Regulation. 

The personal data collected on customers who are natural persons comprise e-mail addresses and information on the language of the products to which the customers subscribe.

Joint controllers

For the part of ORSI newsletter, SYKE and the ORSI project are joint controllers.

Processors of personal data

Personal data are processed by the ORSI project and the companies participating in providing the service.

Transfer of personal data to third countries or international organisations

Personal data are not transferred to countries outside the EU or the EEA.

The period for which the personal data will be stored

The period for which the personal data is stored, is the duration of the customer relationship.

Data subject’s rights

A data subject may remove their data from the register by using the Unsubscribe function of the product they subscribe to or the online service subscription form. The data subject has the right to request access to personal data concerning him or her, to request that any inaccurate data are rectified or deleted, to request the removal of their personal data, or to object to the right to transfer data from one system to another. If the data subject finds that their data has been processed in breach of the law, they have the right to complain to the Data Protection Ombudsman.

Sources of personal data

The register data have mainly been collected through subscriptions completed by the data subjects themselves. Some of the data have been collected from public sources based on official roles. The subjects’ consent to being included in the subscription register for blogs and newsletters will be sought during the year in which the General Data Protection Regulation enters into force.

Automated decision-making

In some processing of personal data, statistical information collected through cookies is used. SYKE uses this information to make decisions on developing its online services or activities. The press releases, newsletters and blogs reside on online services in which cookies are used. General statistical data on website use is collected in order to improve the service. These data include visitor numbers to the site, the user’s IP address, time, pages visited, browser type, operating system used and screen resolution. The collection of visitor statistics is based on server log data and Google Analytics reporting, in which Google Analytics cookies and JavaScript code are used.

Protection of personal data processing

As a controller, ORSI has taken technical and organisational measures necessary to ensure that the processing of personal data is protected and also requires these measures of any service providers used by it.

Controller and controller’s contact details

Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Address: Latokartanonkaari 11, FI-00790 Helsinki, Finland
E-mail: Register office kirjaamo.syke[at]
Confidential e-mail:

Tel.+358 295 251 450

Contact details of SYKE’s data protection officer


Published 2018-06-18 at 9:39, updated 2019-04-08 at 16:11 

Accessibility statement

Created on 4/12/2019

This statement concerns the website, maintained by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE.

The EU Web Accessibility Directive (2016/2102) and the Finnish Act on the Provision of Digital Services (306/2019) apply to this website. The purpose of this legislation is to promote equality in a digital society and to achieve a more uniform set of accessibility requirements. Efforts are being taken to meet the accessibility requirements, and SYKE aims to guarantee the accessibility of its website.

Current accessibility

We have reviewed the website to verify whether it meets the level AA accessibility requirements of WCAG 2.1. The website meets the accessibility requirements partially.

The following functions are not accessible, because the accessibility legislation does not apply to them:

  • third-party content not funded or developed by SYKE

Some of the website’s functions cannot be made to conform to the accessibility requirements without significant changes and costs. As disabled people rarely need to use these functions and because SYKE’s resources are limited, we have concluded that conforming to the accessibility requirements would currently impose a disproportionate burden on SYKE. Therefore, we are temporarily applying an exception, based on Article 5 of the Web Accessibility Directive on disproportionate burden, to the following functions:

  • colour contrasts
  • PDFs and Word files

In the future, we will pay more attention to these problem areas. When adding new content to our website, our aim will be to make this content accessible.

If you would like to access information or a service that is currently not accessible in an alternate way, please send us email at

Contact information and feedback on the website’s accessibility

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki
Tel. +358 (0)295 252 001

At SYKE, accessibility issues and feedback are mainly handled by the administration and communications services. You have the right to give us feedback on our website’s accessibility. We will be extremely grateful for all comments, questions and improvement suggestions, because we want to make our services as accessible as possible. You can contact us regarding accessibility at

You also have the right to request a clarification regarding our website’s accessibility or lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority if our response has been unsatisfactory. You can find more information and the instructions on the supervisory authority’s website at

Published 2019-04-12.